I’ve been away from the blog for a while. Heck, I’ve been away from writing for a while. The day job kicked into a different gear and train commutes started eating up my life.
It was important to me not to let those train commutes turn into lost time. There often isn’t space for creative output. Instead I use the time to consume stimulating or inspiring inputs: novel, podcasts – especially podcasts.
There are some awesome podcasts out there. Here are some of the ones that liven my commute and fill me with ideas.
Radiolab: I can’t believe I only discovered this show earlier this year. I’ve been working my way through their back catalogue. Radiolab is a perfect blend of science and philosophy, sociology and artistry. As well as having awesome content, the show is expertly crafted audio and a joy to listen to.
Stuff You Missed In History Class: Half hour snippets about interesting and unexplored nooks and crannies of history.
New Yorker Fiction: Literary fiction from the New Yorker’s back catalogue, selected and read by another of their authors. These stories are diverse, well-written and interesting, but the best part of the podcast is the second half when the host and the selecting author discuss the story.
Beneath Ceaseless Skies: Literary adventure fiction. Some beautiful fantasy stories.
The Moth: True stories told live without notes, but often with plenty of humour.
Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips: If you are a writer or interested in writing, you’re already listening to this. So I won’t bother describing how useful, well researched and clear this podcast is.